PENTAX smc PENTAX-DA Series high performance lenses

PENTAX Imaging Company has announced a new series of high performance lenses – the smc PENTAX-DA Series (pronounced PENTAX D.A. STAR SERIES). The first two lenses in the series are the smc PENTAX-DA 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL[IF]SDM wide angle zoom and the smc PENTAX-DA 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF]SDM telephoto zoom. Previously announced in September 2006, the two interchangeable lenses are designed for exclusive use with PENTAX digital SLR cameras. The PENTAX-DA Series delivers the highest level of optical quality. Bringing together advanced optical technologies, including aspherical elements, special optical-glass elements and original lens coatings, these new interchangeable lenses are superior to any existing lens series in terms of contrast, clarity and edge-to-edge sharpness. The new PENTAX-DA series lenses feature a tightly sealed, weather-resistant and dust-resistant construction to enhance durability for use in rain or dusty conditions making each a perfect companion for the weather-sealed PENTAX K10D digital SLR.

These lenses feature the PENTAX KAF2 mount, which incorporates additional electrical contacts to drive a built-in supersonic motor used in auto focusing operation. The smc PENTAX-DA 16-50mm F2.8 ED AL[IF]SDM will ship in Spring 2007 priced at US $899.95 and the smc PENTAX-DA 50-135mm F2.8 ED [IF]SDM will ship at the same time for US $999.95.